Lamb left with severe neck injury after dog attack on Black Hill - The Malvern Observer

Lamb left with severe neck injury after dog attack on Black Hill

Malvern Editorial 20th Jul, 2017 Updated: 20th Jul, 2017   0

A LAMB suffered a severe bite to the neck which required veterinary treatment following a dog attack on Black Hill.

After the incident on the Malvern Hills on Saturday, the dog owners have fled the scene and the Malvern Hills Trust are now working with police to identify them.

Despite clear signs warning dog owners livestock were present and advice dogs should be kept on leads in this area, the dog involved was off its leash.

One of this year’s lambs was left with a serious neck injury which required veterinary treatment.

A member of the public saw the incident and caught the dog to bring it under control.

A MHT warden was also on the scene shortly after the attack.

However, the dog owners refused to speak to the warden and walked away.

Beck Baker, community and conservation officer at MHT, said: “Sadly this type of attack is all too common.

“Less than a month ago a ewe belonging to the same grazier was attacked on the Hills by a dog.

“The issue is completely avoidable if people keep their dogs on a lead near livestock.”

Dog attacks on sheep are distressing for all parties including the graziers and the dog owners.

In addition it is a criminal offence to allow a dog to worry, includes chasing, or attack livestock and the police may be involved.

Mr Baker added: “With the school holidays approaching and with more people on the Hills the likelihood of an attack increases but every visitor  can help by keeping their dogs under control at all times.”

Signs are clearly placed on the gates of the grazing compartments on the Malvern Hills to alert walkers that livestock are present.

The locations of these temporary grazing enclosures are available here.

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